I had a very strange dream before waking this morning. There was an evil man walking around force-feeding people something that looked like a large marshmallow. When they ate it, their heads popped off, more in a comedy-style than gruesome. Then as I thought it was safe to come out from hiding, I saw the headless people growing new heads.
Damn alarm rang before I could find out what happened next. I have no idea what this means, if anything. Maybe I have the makings of a plot for TV horror.
The arts are what we stay alive for, what we work all week for, what we dream about, what connects us and indeed, what some would say, makes us human. Within this broad church is housed a myriad of professions, professions that some of you will perhaps participate in, help change and shape and evolve and I would like to poset today that it is the arts that has always been the driver of innovation and exploration. I choose these words precisely because they are always accredited to science. Innovation and exploration.
Cate Blanchett 26.09.14
I recently signed up for Timothy Pike’s Dream, Play, Write e-mail. I received the following in my inbox and thought I should share:
“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things—childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves—that go on slipping, like sand, through our fingers.”
It is a Salman Rushdie quote. I’m sorry to say that I have never read any of his work but I will do after reading this quote 🙂
I stumbled upon a WordPress blog called Dream, Play, Write by Timothy Pike. Timothy is a copywriter offering advice to writers through daily recordings on his blog. The recordings are positive, encouraging and full of simple but effective advice. For example, he says that you should never refer to yourself as an aspiring writer because if you are aspiring to be something, you haven’t got there yet.
You can sign up for a 7 day trial which allows you access to the recordings for free.
Check it out here – Dream, Play, Write.